Saturday, March 1, 2008

MJS_GreekBeliefs_Journal #4

What Greek beliefs about the human being and the human body are continued to this day?

The Greek beliefs about the human being and the human body that are continued to this day are first off considerably accurate. Accurate meaning for example in our text on page 148 there are two statues of old people from the Hellenistic time. These two statues are an example of the accuracy and wide variety of the different types of people that were given recognition during this time. Because of these two people a sculptor felt challenged or fascinated enough to have taken the time to sculpt a statue of their images. This shows the forming of diversity between human beings in which we still recognize to this day.

The Greeks also, believed that the human body was a temple of beauty and story telling. Muscles, beauty, and form were very important aspects of the human body shown in Greek status. They show emotion and fearlessness, I mean they go into battle in the nude these have to be some brave individuals. They had boxers for entertainment and still we have boxers for entertainment. Their statues show drama and pain. For example, page 144 in our text, “Dying Gaul” and “Epigonos(?), Gallic chieftain killing himself and his wife.”

The Greeks were united by one language in the Hellenistic period. We also have one main language that all American’s are able to speak. Anybody who is an American Citizen has to be able to speak English in order to become an American citizen; this shows that we still believe in unity by one language. The Greek theaters construction style is still believed to be the most effective in our current day.

When the human body is shown with a persons arms open or relaxed above a person’s head it shows acceptance, an invitation, or signs of no struggle. The marker that marks a person’s grave is still a practice to this day. All of these things are beliefs about and by the human being and/or the human body that have survived to continue to this day.

~ Misty J Slavens
(See statues through out chapter 5 in our text book)

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